On Writing

NaNoWriMo – Day 23 – Word Count:1956 Total: 33,741


Technically it was today that I wrote another 1956 words but it was really ‘last night’ in my mind. I got home from an absolutely AMAZING memoir class where I sat in circle with six other ridonculously inspiring writers and talked process and critics and love of writing for three hours. How could I not write when I got home?!

And I’m glad I did because another rather large conflict presented itself. Woohoo to conflict! When I looked at the clock it was 1am. I had to stop.

Writing at night is proving to be a good thing for me at this point in the game.

There are seven days left in this challenge. Seven. GULP.

That means I need to write 16, 259 more words to hit the 50,000 mark. That’s 2033 words a day. I’ve been averaging 1467 words a day. That makes me 566 words short a day. Doesn’t really seem like that much when I write it all out.

I just keep mantra-ing in my head: one day at a time.

I know I’ll freak out soon. At least, I’m expecting to.

Here’s a great link to a piece by Savannah J.Foley at Let the Words Flow about how we writers think what we write is ‘crap’.


Been there…doing that. But our critics, despite their vigour and loudness, are wrong. I say ‘silence the critics’! Move past the big pause. Sit down. Shut up. And write. Heck, if I can do it, EVERYONE can.

One week left, people. Keep doing your best.